Road Trip Snacks {Mountain Bars + Black Mango Ice Tea}

July 8, 2015

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Are you the person who researches, plans, and invites others to join you in the adventures in your life? Or are you the person who fills their schedule with the plans other’s have constructed and invited you to join in on? I’m the first, and Scott is the second. It has made for a well balanced relationship so far, and I’m grateful to have someone willing to follow me and my crazy ideas. Not that he doesn’t have great ideas, he really does, I just usually am thinking of them far before it crosses his mind to consider any. As much as I enjoy researching fun things to do, I’m terrible at committing to one. I like to “go with the flow” and always have a handful of ideas in my back pocket, just waiting for one to become super clear to me as “the one”. This use to drive Scott mad (and still kind of does) but now he almost expects it – which is a huge plus for me, because I’ve tried, but I can’t seem to change this trait of mine. I always like to see how we feel in the moment and go with our gut rather than do something for the sake of “the plan” (yuck, I just got bummed out even writing that, “the sake of the plan” – how uninspiring!). Which is probably why we have lived in three states in three years, been on about a dozen unplanned adventures, and why our loosely (to me) “planned” trip into the Rockies this past weekend turned into one in Wyoming.

WYOMING. Have you been? It’s laced with the greenest fields I’ve ever seen. The mixture of rolling hills and flat plains have my heart, but even the mountains lure me in – such as at Curt Gowdy State Park. Which is where we went this past weekend instead of the Rockies. The day before our trip I looked at Scott and said “Everyone and their grandma is going to be in the Rockies this weekend. Lets go to Wyoming,” and he responded with that of course look. As if he should not have expected anything less. But at the same time he was totally down and thought it sounded rad. I showed him a few pictures of Curt Gowdy and he was sold. Truth be told, I found out about this gem of a state park the old fashion way. I pulled out a map. (Yeah the one printed on a huge sheet of paper, they still exist!) I looked just north of the border of Colorado, into Wyoming territory, and picked the first patch of green that had “park” labeled on it and decided “that’s the one!” – and BOY was it! Scott and I’s jaws dropped as we drove into that magnificent piece of hidden beauty in the hills, and we were crushed when we found out all the camping was full. But no matter, we knew we’d be back for a spot on one of it’s lakes, and spent the day exploring it’s beautiful land gladly. (See pictures from our trip here.)

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Packing food for a trip has got to be one of my favorite things to do. I love preparing all of the elements down to the last morsel for a snack. My goal is always the same – for us to be happy and healthy the entire trip. Which is why you will find no processed foods in our packs. Instead you’ll find homemade protein and granola bars, citrus (grapefruit for me + oranges for Scott), grapes, dried fruit, nuts, grain + legume salads, water, and all the fixings for a good cup of coffee (and s’mores duh but with Dandies vegan marshmallows, high quality dark chocolate bars, and these granola grahams to keep them wholesome). Granted we are car campers, and usually have a small cooler with some ice packs, which makes many of the foods we bring an option. But I’m stoked for the day we can afford backpacking gear and I’ll have a new challenge to prepare food for those light-weight fueled endeavors.

Today I bring you one of my go-to recipes for a hearty and energizing granola bar that will fuel you even during a grueling mountain hike. Hence the name “mountain bars”. Plus a refreshing cold brew mango black ice tea to pull out of the cooler for a refresh during your day of exploring. Or to pull out while you’re road-tripping in the car, and I would imagine these would both brighten your fifteen minute break at work as well. Just saying. Let’s SNACK.

I originally made this recipe for the Urban Outfitters Blog. The recipe feature went live last week and you can view it here (I’ve also included the recipes in this post for you as well, see below!).

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Makes 8 bars.

2 cups rolled oats
1/2 cup hulled white sesame seeds
3 tablespoons chia seeds
3 tablespoons hemp seeds
1/3 cup dried cranberries (or cherries)
1/3 cup dried apricots (chopped into 1/4 inch pieces)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1/2 cup almond butter
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/4 cup maple syrup

Combine the dry ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl and stir well. In a smaller bowl, combine the syrups and almond butter. Add the wet mixture to the dry and stir well using a fork until completely mixed throughout. Transfer to a 9×5 inch loaf pan and firmly press evenly on the top using a spatula. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours to set. Slice into 8 squares and keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to consume, or pack for a trip.

Makes 1 serving – multiply the recipe by however many servings needed.

1 teabag of black tea
1 to 2 slices dried mango (organic and unsweetened)
12 ounces of filtered water

Combine the tea bag and dried mango in a jar and fill with the filtered water. Seal the jar and place it in the refrigerator to cold brew for at least 24 hours. Remove the tea bag and mango, and enjoy right away or seal and refrigerate until ready to consume (or pack in a cooler for a road trip).

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  • Reply Anna July 8, 2015 at 5:28 am

    love, loove this!! road trips are the best :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 6:29 am

      Thanks Anna! And right?! Theeeee best.

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full July 8, 2015 at 6:09 am

    I love how spontaneous and adventurous you are, Jessie! I went to Wyoming with my family a few years ago and, being from New England, was absolutely floored by the mountains and plains and prairies. I loved seeing the pics you posted from the trip on Pinterest! I always show your adventures to Ryan, and for us you and Scott basically embody our #relationshipgoals. Going to Montana/Yellowstone/Jackson Hole/Grand Tetons is on our bucket list, and seeing these photos is making me have serious wanderlust!! :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 6:31 am

      Sounds like you have quite the adventure heart too! Love it! And oh my goodness I cannot wait for you to see Yellowstone and the Tetons. Two of my favorite places on the planet. INSANE. Glad to know you have experienced the same shock of beauty in Wyoming too! Hope your summer is full of adventure in your parts :)

  • Reply Sasha Swerdloff || TENDING the TABLE July 8, 2015 at 7:08 am

    Wish I could go with the flow more but I’m the planner who doesn’t like changing my plans. These look fabulous and let me know when you need some backpacking food ideas…

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:14 pm

      It’s good for the world to have planners and non-planners alike! Keeps it balanced, I think ;). And thanks so much about the recipes! I totally will hit you up when we enter back-packing territory one day, so excited for when that comes! Thanks Sasha!

  • Reply Michelle @ Hummingbird High July 8, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Oh you guys are just the cutest! I’m so sad I never got to explore more of Wyoming when I lived in Colorado; it’s really pretty up there, isn’t it??? Your Instagram photos from this impromptu trip were just gorgeous!

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:15 pm

      Aw thank you Michelle! It really is a beautiful state. I can’t wait to get up there and explore more! <3

  • Reply Tessa | Salted Plains July 8, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Ahh, so fun!! We have a similar dynamic here which works out quite well (most of the time)! ;) Enjoyed following the pics from your trip – beautiful!

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      Haha I like that, “most of the time”! And I’m so so glad you did! Yay :) thanks Tessa.

  • Reply Caitlin July 8, 2015 at 8:28 am

    you’re so cool.

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:16 pm

      If I’m cool then you’re the coooooooooolest ;)

  • Reply Sydney | Modern Granola July 8, 2015 at 10:52 am

    This is so great! I love mountain bars and adventures! I’m so excited to try your recipe! I also love the picture of the mountain bars and map. It’s perfection!
    xx Sydney

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:17 pm

      I loved reading this! Got so pumped! Yay mountain bars and adventures!! (And thank you thank you – You’re too sweet!)

  • Reply Grace July 8, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    You lucky adventuring soul! Your trip sounds fab! That mango tea is brilliant and your styling is top-notch Jessie! Gorgeous post!

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:18 pm

      Haha thank you Grace! You’re awesome. Stoked you love the tea and my styling! Garsh. Making me blush over here. <3

  • Reply lynsey | lynseylovesfood July 8, 2015 at 1:27 pm

    Jessie I seriously cannot get over what a hyper talent you are. you have created such a beautiful space and i always leave here feeling so inspired for my photos, posts and adventures. Big love and respect. xo

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:19 pm

      Lynsey! No way. You’re too much. That makes me so happy to hear you leave feeling that way. Smiling SO huge at you right now! xoxo

  • Reply renee (will frolic for food) July 8, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    mmmhmmmm love this! logan and i have been dreaming of going on some trips out to west virginia or just camping out of town. plans most definitely need to kick into gear after this inspiration! sounds like you two had a really fun trip! these mountain bars sound killah! def all the good stuff for an intense hike!

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:20 pm

      Yeah! Do it! That’s awesome :). And thank you so much for the adventure + recipe love! These will definitely fuel you for a quality hike. One of our faves for sure. Good luck with your adventure planning you two!! <3

  • Reply The Clever Carrot July 8, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    Ok so I just LOVE the name Mountain Bars. It’s the perfect fuel you got here. I’m so envious of your freedom to make such awesome choices that take you on such great adventures. Sigh, I had that in my life (once). But it has morphed into pleasant and rewarding mini adventures w/ hubby and kids! :) It’s so true no matter what’s going on in your life, go with your gut. Love the Mango tea!
    XO Emilie

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:24 pm

      YAY – thank you :) I’m pretty stoked on the name too. And I know, Scott and I have definitely made it a huge priority to get out and do as many spontaneous adventurous things over the past 3 years knowing this kind of solo time together will not be forever – but we are oh so very excited to have what you have in the future too and take the little groms around with us! So glad you and your fam have those great times together too! (And thanks for the confirmation on my gut, high fives Emilie!)

  • Reply dana July 8, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    You’re the cutest.

    • Reply Faring Well July 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

      You clearly haven’t seen my outfit today. (Hehe, but thank you **blushing face**)

  • Reply Kathryn July 9, 2015 at 2:07 am

    I’m so inspired by your adventurous spirit. My OH and I are both total planners (I think that’s what happens when two accountants decide to get married) and think we’re pretty crazy for deciding this morning that we were going to go out for pizza at the weekend…I’d love the be able to just put everything in life down, jump on the road and lose myself in my surroundings (and eat snacks of course!)

    • Reply Faring Well July 9, 2015 at 7:56 am

      That is so neat to hear – thank you Kathryn! And hey, as long as you are both true to yourselves and happy then you are doing it right. But maybe there is still some room for a care-free adventure to sneak itself in with you two just yet ;)

  • Reply Amanda | Pickles & Honey July 9, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Can you come on our road trip and pack my snacks? ;) I love everything about this post and I so agree on Wyoming…the greenest place we’ve seen so far (the Tetons still have my heart). On the drive from Yellowstone to Jackson Hole I just kept saying “Seriously?!” It’s pretty beyond words. I like that you chose Curt Gowdy State Park based on it being the nearest green space on your map. That’s how we’ve determined much of our trip and it hasn’t steered us wrong yet. <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 10, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Haha maybe when you guys finally make it to CO on your trip I will have a special snack box made for you (!!!) ;). And OMG right?! THAT DRIVE between those two places. Made me LOSE MY MIND. So glad you had the same experience. And seriously, we need to just go live in Wyoming. So. Stinking. Beautiful. So glad to hear you guys are going with the flow and letting the map be your guide too on your trip! <3

  • Reply Sophie MacKenzie July 10, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    Isn’t Wyoming a surprise? I remember when I was a kid we went on a road trip there and my mum was super skeptical about going, but by the end of it she didn’t want to leave! And those granola bars look wicked, by the way! I totally wish I could munch on one right now <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 11, 2015 at 11:36 am

      It so is! I almost want to keep it on the DL too so it stays that way ;). Thanks about the ‘nola bars! Wish I could give you one. But they’re all gone ;). Teehee. Have a great weekend Sophie!

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore July 10, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I’m going to make these this weekend! I need some new trail bars for my hikes! :)
    Your pictures of Wyoming look soo beautiful! I only like about an hourishh from the Wyoming boarder but I’ve never been!


    • Reply Faring Well July 11, 2015 at 11:39 am

      YAY. Let me know how you like them! And OMG – get in a car and drive there this weekend! We should do a WY adventure meet-up ;)

  • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore July 11, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    That would be way fun! I’ll leave a comment about how my bars turn out :) Its not Wyoming, but if you’re from the Denver area, Grand junction is about half way between us :) How do you like it near Denver? I’ve always wanted to visit that area :)

    • Reply Faring Well July 12, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Yay you rule thank you! And is it really?! Where are you guys then, Utah?! Maybe an adventure at the Colorado National Monument or Moab would be fun ;). I love that state (Utah). So beautiful. We like Denver but are hoping to move out of the city, doesn’t really suit us. But the mountains are AMAZING, and there are tons of towns at the foothills we could consider :)

      • Reply KJ | Omnomherbivore July 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm

        Yeah I’m in Utah – not too far from SLC. Moab is fun! always plenty of hikes and breath taking views (in a desert/red rock kind of way). The mountains are absolutely beautiful out here! I’m originally from the midwest and even though I’ve lived out here for about 2 years now the mountains still make me say “woah!!!” when I’m adventuring :)

  • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens July 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Jessie, one day I’m going to come to Colorado and we are going to have the best snack filled adventure ever (even if it’s just a picnic in the park…)! I have yet to visit Wyoming but one day I’d like to take a giant road trip across the US and Canada and stop at all the gorgeous parks, lakes, and mountains. In September I’m going to visit the California Redwoods, Big Sur, and hopefully Yosemite, and I’m sure I’ll be going “omg omg omg omg OMG” the entire way!

    • Reply genevieve @ gratitude & greens July 11, 2015 at 6:13 pm

      PS. I am totally the planner type (only because I want to see EVERYTHING all the time) and my boyfriend just wants to go with the flow. Our adventures usually result in planned outings with random, spontaneous turns!

      • Reply Faring Well July 12, 2015 at 6:30 am

        That sounds like the perfect balance, just like Scott and I too! <3

    • Reply Faring Well July 12, 2015 at 6:30 am

      That would be the BEST! Lets totally make that happen. And oh my gosh you and me both. We’ve considered selling everything and living out of a van to tour the parks in the US and Canada for a year several times. Who knows. Maybe it will happen! And you are going to FREAK. We did Big Sur and Yosemite last year for my bday and I cried when I came home. Cried. Its so beautiful!

  • Reply Alison July 15, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    I’ve been making the mango black tea constantly since i saw this post. So easy and so delicious!

  • Reply Shelley | Sevengrams July 18, 2015 at 9:00 am

    Packing snacks for trips may be one of my favourite things as well. My man repeatedly accuses me of being more excited about the snacks I’m packing then the trip ;) Also, Wyoming! We were in Jackson Hole last winter — and all I kept thinking was how glorious a state it would be in the Summer! Must get back! xx

    • Reply Faring Well July 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

      Right?! It’s so exciting, gathering all the yumminess together you get to eat over the next few days. And ahhhh Jackson Hole. Such a drop dead gorgeous place. I’ve only been there in the spring and remember thinking how beautiful it must be in the winter (haha) so it looks like we are both due back there for another trip!

  • Reply Sara @ Cake Over Steak July 24, 2015 at 11:12 am

    Road trips are so fun. I love how you guys decided spur-of-the-moment to change your plans. I would have a really hard time doing that, I think. Having good road trip snacks can be so important, but I often feel too lazy or stressed for time before a trip to actually make some of my own, so I’m in awe of your planning skills. Love your photos, too.

    • Reply Faring Well July 27, 2015 at 3:22 pm

      Aw thanks Sara! I hope you can squeeze in some prep time for your next trip. I totally know what you mean about feeling too busy sometimes!

  • Reply KJ July 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    I finally got around to making these and they are delicious!!! The maple flavor really comest through!!! I had to use double cranberry and sub pepitas for hemp and apricots since I didn’t have any :) I’ll have to post the on IG!

    • Reply Faring Well July 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm

      Yay! I’m so so glad! That sounds delish. I mad a variation for this past trip replacing the dried fruit with freeze dried blueberries and they were SO BOMB. Highly recommended ;)

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